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WEATHER: FLOODING RAIN FOR SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

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South east Queensland has copped a deluge, causing flooding and rock slides. The beaches have been closed and there is more to come over night. Across the border, rain totals have also been high for the Northern Rivers, causing flooding. The intense rain system will begin to weaken early tomorrow and conditions will ease, but the damage will be done. Cloud has spread affecting most of the broadcast region with showers falling as far south as the Upper Hunter and Tamworth. Most of the Australia Day long weekend is looking okay for most – cloud with only small scattered showers about for Saturday and Sunday. Increased rain and storms will begin to move back in on Monday. Read More »

WEATHER: HEAVY RAIN FOR SE QLD ON THE WAY

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Queensland has been swamped with heavy falls causing flash flooding. That threat is set to move into the south east corner, with moderate to heavy falls spilling across the border into north east New South Wales over the next 24 to 48 hours. Conditions will ease on Sunday, but there’s going to be some rain about across the Australia Day long weekend, affecting most regions. Those falls are going to be lighter and scattered. Read More »

WEATHER: MORE NORTH COAST RAIN ON THE WAY

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Today we have seen a little bit of everything unfold across the region – from sunny breaks, overcast areas, scattered showers and afternoon patchy storms. Tomorrow there is going to be increased rain periods building across the northern New South Wales coast and south east Queensland, with moist onshore winds. There’ll be more afternoon showers for the Hunter. A fine start for the North West will end with afternoon showers and storms once again. Read More »

WEATHER: HEAVY OVERNIGHT RAIN

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Heavy overnight downpours produced some big rain totals for coastal communities. Kempsey to the Bellingen and Nambucca Valleys saw one to 200mm fall. From Byron to the Tweed, and the Gold Coast, received 60 to 120mm. Merewether to Blacksmiths recorded 50 to 95mm, while 75mm fell on the Hunter vineyards. More moderate falls are expected, with another system closing in from the west. Cloud will increase inland and the North West is likely to receive rain form in this next system along with areas east of the Divide. Read More »

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING ISSUED

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Mid North Coast, Upper Hunter and Northern Tablelands. It predicts some areas will receive large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rain, with the possibility of flash flooding, over the next few hours. The State Emergency Service says people should move their cars undercover where possible, and avoid driving through flood waters.   Read More »

WEATHER FORCES CANCELLATION OF RELIGIOUS TRADITION

For the first time in 58 years, a religious tradition in Newcastle has been cancelled due to safety concerns. Each year, the Greek Orthodox Church throws a special crucifix into the Bogey Hole, which is then retrieved as part of the blessing of the waters ceremony. Today though that wasn’t the case. “Because of the weather, a lot of our parishioners are of age, over 55 years old and also a lot of children participate.” Meanwhile, formal celebrations continued for the holy day of Epiphany, which marks the baptism of Jesus, with a service held at Hamilton. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

HUNTER WINEGROWERS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT 2015

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Hunter winegrowers are optimistic as harvest approaches, with favourable weather forecast. It follows a season described as one the best in years, with the region producing some of its finest red and white vintages. Read More »

WEATHER: WET START TO 2015

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Goonengerry in north eastern New South Wales received 290-millimetres overnight from a stalled storm surge. Over 100mm fell nearby. Southport on the Gold Coast received 88-millimetres. More storms are expected tomorrow, with the chance of more localised flash flooding. Storm development will be widespread inland after another hot start to the day. Coastal seabreezes will fan the beach suburbs. Read More »

WEATHER: NEW YEAR’S DAY

The first day of 2015 is going to be very similar to 2014. It’ll be cloud-affected along the coast, with a few brief showers possible in areas including the Hunter. New Year’s Day should be fine, sunny and hot inland, with a greater chance of storms on the northern ranges. Have a Happy New Year! Read More »

SCORCHING SUMMER DAYS AHEAD

We knew it was going to be hot today, but temperatures soared way past what was predicted. It was the hottest day so far in 20-14, and the beach was the best place to be, if you could find a spot. Read More »

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